Carabao Cup 3
It was a case of what might have been for Pompey as they exited the Carabao Cup at the hands of rivals Southampton.
They dominated the opening proceedings at a packed Fratton Park, with John Marquis striking the woodwork before a couple of goal-line blocks rescued their opponents.
But the impressive Danny Ings proved the difference between the sides, with two goals before the break.
He then provided an assist for Cedric to ensure a fourth round spot, with Nathan Redmond wrapping things up late on.
Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Wycombe in the league on Saturday.
Brett Pitman and Ryan Williams both returned to the starting line-up, with Andy Cannon dropping to the bench and Ellis Harrison serving a one-match ban.
Backed by a vociferous crowd – and with the rain bucketing down – it was the hosts who started stronger against their top-flight opponents.
And they almost broke the deadlock on nine minutes, as John Marquis collected Williams’ pass and bent a shot against the post.
Then, after Tom Naylor had been fouled and the visitors struggled to deal with Brandon Haunstrup’s cross, a fierce Pitman effort was deflected narrowly over.
A corner from Haunstrup led to an excellent chance to break the deadlock midway through the first half.
But Pitman’s glancing header was somehow stopped from crossing the line and Christian Burgess was unable to force the ball home from close range.
It had been one-way traffic for much of the half, but Southampton took the lead against the run of play on 21 minutes.
Craig MacGillivray had done well to keep out an initial effort from Ings, but when the striker received the ball back, he curled a fine shot into the bottom corner.
They almost doubled the advantage moments later, as Ings raced through, only to be denied by MacGillivray.
But the danger was not over and Pierre-Emile Hokbjerg’s sent the loose ball towards the net, with a diving Oli Hawkins getting in the way.
Pompey kept battling, though, and a series of good balls into the box caused Southampton problems before Burgess prodded past the post.
The visitors were causing problems on the break and MacGillivray did well to get behind a skiddy shot from James Ward-Prowse.
Ronan Curtis had an effort deflected narrowly off target, while Pitman’s corner was intercepted before it could reach Naylor at the back stick.
But Southampton grabbed a second goal just before the break, as Ings met Michael Obafemi’s low centre and lifted the ball over MacGillivray.
Several former players were welcomed on to the pitch at the break, with warm applause given to Benjani, Adam Webster, Greg Halford and derby heroes Joel Ward and David Norris.
But it was up to the current crop of Blues to get back into the tie and Curtis had a shot blocked, before Williams skied another over the bar.
For all the passion displayed on the pitch and in the stands, it had not been a dirty contest, with 53 minutes on the clock before Hawkins collected the first yellow card for a foul on Ward-Prowse.
But he was quickly joined in referee Kevin Friend’s book by Pitman, who was penalised for a trip on Obafemi.
Pompey were seeing a lot of the ball without really testing Alex McCarthy and a dangerous corner from Haustrup somehow flashed through a crowded box and out the other side.
The hosts were dealt a blow just before the hour mark, as Hawkins – who had again impressed at the back – limped off to be replaced by Paul Downing.
They continued to push forward and find gaps in the visitors’ defence, but things were not quite landing right for the blue-shirted players inside the box.
And Southampton wrapped things up on 77 minutes, as the ball was cut back by Ings for Cedric to slot home.
Jackett made a couple of substitutions to try to lift the Blues again, with Gareth Evans and Ross McCrorie both brought on.
The hosts kept pushing for the goal that their spirited play deserved, but it was Southampton who instead added a late fourth.
They broke quickly up the pitch and substitute Redmond curled a fine finish past the grasp of MacGillivray.
It did not stop the Fratton faithful from raising the volume levels, though, as they continued to get behind their team for the closing minutes and after the final whistle.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Bolton, Hawkins (Downing 59), Burgess, Haunstrup; Naylor (c), Close (McCrorie 82); Williams (Evans 78), Pitman, Curtis; Marquis
Booked: Hawkins, Pitman
Subs not used: Bass, Walkes, Cannon, Maloney
Southampton (4-3-3): McCarthy; Cedric, Bednarek, Yoshida, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Hojbjerg; Obafemi (Redmond 72), Adams, Ings (Long 83)
Goals: Ings 21, 44, Cedric 77, Redmond 86
Subs not used: Gunn, Stephens, Valery, Boufal, Armstrong
Referee: Kevin Friend
Attendance: 18,707 (1,981 away fans)
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Pompey’s disappointing start to the league season continued as a late penalty saw them slip to defeat at Wycombe.
Adebayo Akinfenwa netted the only goal of a game that was largely lacking in quality and saw both sides finish with 10 men.
Nnamdi Ofoborh was dismissed for a late challenge on Tom Naylor, with Ellis Harrison’s reaction in an ensuing melee earning him a second booking.
Substitute Brett Pitman had the best chance to secure a fourth successive League One stalemate, but headed against the woodwork.
Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side that drew with Burton on home soil earlier in the week.
Oli Hawkins made his first start of the season alongside Christian Burgess in the centre of defence, with skipper Naylor moving back to midfield.
James Bolton came in at right-back, Andy Cannon returned to midfield and Ellis Harrison joined the forward line.
Paul Downing, Ross McCrorie, Ryan Williams and Pitman were the players to make way, all dropping to the bench.
There were a couple of former Fratton loanees in the hosts’ squad, with keeper Ryan Allsop starting and David Wheeler named among the substitutes.
It is fair to say that the opening 45 minutes will not live long in the memory of anyone present in Buckinghamshire.
Neither keeper had any meaningful save to make in a scrappy, attritional contest that was lacking any kind of attacking flair.
Naylor sliced an early attempt wide, while Ronan Curtis also failed to find the target with a shot on the half-volley.
The only scare for the visitors was when Craig MacGillivray failed to hold Allsop’s long punt up the pitch, but the referee quickly blew for a foul on the Blues stopper.
Pompey’s best chance of the half came when Ben Close slipped a pass through to Harrison, with the forward bending a shot into the side netting.
He then picked up the game’s first booking, although it was slightly unfortunate, with a slip sending him careering into the imposing figure of Akinfenwa.
The Chairboys were then forced to make a change when captain Matt Bloomfield – who has already suffered from concussion this term – was replaced by Ofoborh following a clash of heads.
One bright spot was the display from Hawkins, who was looking as natural a defender as anyone on the pitch.
But there was still not much to talk about in terms of attacking, with Close skewing wide from long-range after a poor Allsop clearance had left the net unguarded.
Everyone seemed ready for the interval, but that was delayed by an injury to stand-in Wycombe skipper Joe Jacobson.
Jamie Mascoll replaced him and the armband changed hands yet again, although Akinfenwa struggled to get it around his arm.
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Both sides looked more purposeful once the action restarted, but that all-important final ball was still lacking.
The game then exploded into life following a late challenge by Ofoborh that led to both teams being reduced to 10 men.
Referee Sebastian Stockbridge immediately brandished a red card to the Wycombe substitute, who was in tears as he left the pitch.
There was then plenty of pushing and shoving from both sets of players, resulting in bookings for Akinfenwa and Christian Burgess.
And the final yellow was shown to Harrison – and it was his second of the afternoon, resulting in a walk down the tunnel.
Once the football restarted it was Pompey on the attack and a John Marquis cross had to be nodded behind before Curtis could reach it.
A free-kick from the left by Curtis was then parried away by Allsop and Burgess’ follow-up was deflected wide.
Stockbridge was drawing ire from both sets of supporters, not helped by some soft free-kick decisions for both sides.
Pitman replaced Bolton as Jackett looked to freshen up his attacking options, with both sides then going close to breaking the deadlock in quick succession.
Wycombe were first to try their luck and MacGillivray made a smart stop to deny Scott Kashket before the ball was hacked to safety.
And Pompey went straight up the other end of the pitch, with a long-range effort from Close deflected inches past the post.
Then, after Pitman was booked for a foul on Dominic Gape, a Mascoll free-kick was turned behind by MacGillivray.
But the Chairboys took the lead on 83 minutes after Naylor had been penalised for handling from a Nick Freeman corner.
Stockbridge pointed to the spot and, although MacGillivray went the right way, Ainfenwa’s penalty nestled in the bottom corner.
Pompey almost levelled soon after when Pitman met Brandon Haunstrup’s delivery, but his header hit the crossbar.
The visitors kept pushing throughout seven minutes of stoppage-time, but they were unable to find a late leveller.
Wycombe (4-2-3-1): Allsop; Grimmer, Stewart, Charles, Jacobson (Mascoll 45+2); Gape, Bloomfield (c) (Ofoborh 22); Kashket, Freeman, Onyedinma (Pattison 72); Akinfenwa
Goals: Akinfenwa 83 (pen)
Sent off: Ofoborh
Subs not used: Yates, Phillips, Wheeler, Jarvis
Pompey (4-3-3): MacGillivray; Bolton (Pitman 70), Hawkins, Burgess, Haunstrup; Close, Naylor (c), Cannon; Harrison, Marquis, Curtis
Sent off: Harrison (two yellow cards)
Booked: Burgess, Pitman
Subs not used: Bass, Walkes, Downing, McCrorie, Evans, Williams
Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge
Attendance: 7,688 (2,125 Pompey fans)
Pompey salvaged a dramatic point against Burton, courtesy of Brett Pitman’s stoppage-time penalty.
Joe Sbarra and Kieran Wallace – the latter with the help of a huge deflection – struck for the visitors in the opening stages.
But the Brewers had to play much of the contest with just 10 men following two quick bookings for John-Joe O’Toole.
Ronan Curtis pulled a goal back before the interval and Pitman converted from the spot right at the death following a foul on Ellis Harrison.
Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that drew with Blackpool in the last third tier outing at the end of August.
Pitman and summer signing Ryan Williams were both handed their first league starts, with Andy Cannon dropping to the bench and Marcus Harness out injured.
There was a minute’s applause before kick-off in memory of former Fratton forward Dennis Edwards, who passed away the previous week.
The hosts got off to a dreadful start and found themselves two goals down inside the opening six minutes.
Lucas Akins did well down the right and passed across the box to Wallace. His shot was blocked by Williams, but the ball fell for Sbarra to slot home.
And it soon got even worse for the Blues, with Wallace’s long-range effort taking a wicked deflection off Paul Downing’s knee to leave Craig MacGillivray wrong-footed.
Fratton Park was left stunned and the home side did not immediately look like getting back into the contest.
But there was a lifeline when O’Toole picked up two yellow cards in quick succession to leave Burton with just 10 men.
John Marquis felt it should have been a straight red after getting tugged to the turf by the defender, although referee Craig Hicks decided there was a covering defender.
Ross McCrorie then swung a cross into the box from the left and skipper Tom Naylor rose highest to head narrowly wide.
Marquis tried to wriggle his way through on goal moments later, but again O’Toole clumsily brought him down.
Hicks played the advantage and it almost paid dividends, with Pitman thundering a shot against the crossbar.
But the official then called O’Toole over to send him for an early bath, forcing Sbarra to be sacrificed for an extra defender.
The hosts tried to make their numerical advantage count and a stretching Curtis saw his header held under the crossbar by Albion keeper Kieran O’Hara.
Akins was still causing problems at the other end, though, and saw off both Naylor and MacGillivray from a long clearance, but there was nobody to meet his cut-back.
It had been a disjointed display from the Blues, but they found themselves back in the contest on 39 minutes.
Burgess’ cross caught a deflection and looped into the box, where Marquis’ header was saved by O’Hara.
But CURTIS was quickest to the loose ball and lashed it into the roof of the net to reduce Pompey’s deficit.
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There was a change of system and personnel at the start of the second half, with Gareth Evans replacing Williams and the Blues playing with three at the back.
And the newcomer almost provided an equaliser on 50 minutes, sending in a cross that was met by Curtis, forcing O’Hara to tip it over the bar.
Ben Close then had an effort blocked by Wallace after Burgess’ delivery had been turned back into the centre by Curtis.
The visitors were briefly down to nine men just past the hour mark when substitute Colin Daniel received a head injury, but the defender returned with a bandage on.
Pompey, meanwhile, were being undone by too many sloppy passes that were halting their momentum in the final third.
And when Evans did whip in a dangerous delivery, Curtis and Pitman got in each other’s way as they both tried to attack the ball.
It had been a difficult evening for McCrorie and the on-loan midfielder made way for Cannon on 70 minutes.
Pompey did start to pick up the pace, however, and when O’Hara palmed away Curtis’ shot, Brandon Haunstrup’s fierce follow-up was blocked.
And the keeper made an even better stop moments later to keep out a goal-bound Curtis header from Haunstrup’s cross.
That was the left-back’s final contribution to the cause, though, as he was withdrawn for Harrison in an attacking move.
Cannon thought he should have won a penalty after going down under Akins’ challenge and Hicks took a moment before deciding there had been no foul.
Some patient build-up play then ended with Close slipping a pass through to Marquis, who spun and fired narrowly wide.
There were four minutes of stoppage-time for the Brewers to survive and they almost held on for the win.
But when Pitman lifted the ball into the box, Harrison was bundled to the turf by Jake Buxton and Hicks pointed to the spot.
It was PITMAN who stepped up to take the penalty and kept his cool, slamming the ball into the roof of the net to rescue a point.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Burgess, Downing, Naylor (c), Haunstrup (Harrison 77); Close, McCrorie (Cannon 70); Williams (Evans 46), Pitman, Curtis; Marquis
Goals: Curtis 39, Pitman 90+5 (pen)
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Walkes, Hawkins
Burton (4-2-3-1): O’Hara, Brayford (c), O’Toole, Nartey, Wallace; Edwards, Quinn; Sarkic (Boyce 77), Sbarra (Daniel 26), Broadhead (Buxton 83); Akins
Goals: Sbarra 3, Wallace 6
Sent off: O’Toole (two yellow cards)
Subs not used: Bywater, Hutchinson, Anderson, Fraser
Referee: Craig Hicks
Attendance: 16,610 (116 away fans)